Our countries forefathers establish a strong first amendment to keep the right to free speech and the separation of church and state protected regardless of the government’s position or religious influence. Since then the United States has been greatly influenced by the Christian religion to a point where the United States has: In God we trust on our dollar bill, non-believers can’t hold public office in many States, gays aren’t allowed martial benefits in many states, we still uses the Georgian calendar created by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 A.D and many more.
My issue for now is how to mobilize America’s rational community to take these violations of church and state to the Supreme Court so that they are recognized and to gather ideas and work on the construction of a new Non-religious American Scientific Calendar. Like our forefathers we should fight for the separation church and State in order to form a more perfect union. As our nation and our world commit to science, reason, and space exploration more questions will be asked about our faith and our purpose in the cosmos. I find it interesting to imagine what kind of calendar our explorers will have when they settle the Moon or Mars. Will they keep to earthly faiths on another world? Will there calendar year start on humans first arrival to the new world? These are questions that we should consider today, as we continue to live in space and prepare to go back to the Moon. I can also see how these questions might have arisen in the past the day Columbus discovered America in 1492 A.D. Do you think are nation should have kept the Christian calendar created by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 A.D that begins with the birth of Jesus Christ or do you agree with me that this is a violation of the separation of church and state?
I think that we should create a Non-religious American Scientific Calendar that begins with the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the new world. And my argument for the United States to adopt a new Calendar is this. America adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752 when we were still a British Colony it wasn’t until between 1776 and 1789 that America became an established independent country. So you can see my point when I say that the Georgian calendar was handed to use and wasn’t declared. You might ask than why our founding fathers didn’t establish a new Calendar with American ideals and values. And I would assume to say is because our founding fathers knew that in order for the United States to gain its independence the constitution should have had to at the time appealed to most British Americans and the large majority of Christian Americas, because many American colonists were loyal to Britain which adopted the Georgian Calendar in 1752. And note, that any such legislation at the time would very well possibly be thrown out because of its inability to unite the country, for example slavery.
I’m asking the United States Federal government to declare a Non-religious American Scientific Calendar to recognize government holidays and holidays created all over the Americas that aren’t affiliated with any religion to be used in all branches of the federal government. Now that we are in the scientific era, it is important that we adopt and live by a scientific calendar to give all of use an understanding of time and our place in the universe. It is clear that if the United States adopted a new Non-religious American Scientific Calendar that this kind of change would be an obvious divorce between the Christian Church and the United States and an international recognition of United States commitment to remain unbiased and tolerant of religion. For this establishment, starting with the founding of the new world and based not on European ideals but on American ideals and values would unite most of the Americas and would be respected by rational people all over the world.
P.S-I ask of you to give me your input, to add, revise, or change any part of this idea and if possible start on achieving this goal. It is more viable to find a necessary solution so that all the other problems can fall into place.
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I am ok with a movement for a new Calendar to take place reviewed and backed by someone famous like Richard Dawkins. A Calendar that wasn't completely rooted in Western Civilization, but also American civilization. And was used by our government but not created. That didn't include any religious holidays, especially religious holidays not founded in America. That would leave thanks giving open for debate being that it was founded in America. Arbor Day was founded in Nebraska, and should be established as the governments holiday to recognize the environment. President Carter as the founder of National Grandparents Day, created in the United States and is already recognized thus should also be included. Seasonal Holidays like winter solstice would be included, North and South American Holidays, Government holidays like independence day and memorial day. All Holidays that our established should be of the most importance to the wide majority under these restrictions and studied to determine the amount of times periodically and best times of the year for citizens to take breaks, vacations and to calibrate. Everything else should be changed; more scientific studies should be done to determine how we should use time for humans to be more productive, like hours and days in the week. Labels for weeks and months should be more American. We should start the day with the best historical record of the day America was discovered, I’m debating changing winter Solstice to something like Christmas. All this would be accepted by the government for it citizens to live better lives, but not to be enforced on it citizens. It should be available to anyone to buy the religious copy of this new calendar in any retail store. A new moon calendar should be created one day for colonies on the moon. And should start on the day Nail Armstrong took his one small step for man.